The Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) is engaged in two initiatives to reduce confusion and improve circumstances surrounding end-of-life care. The Conversation Project is a grassroots effort to encourage discussions regarding end-of-life care with friends and loved ones long before a medical crisis occurs. The second initiative, Conversation Ready, is designed to capture how healthcare organizations can effectively respect and respond to end-of-life care wishes. Ten healthcare organizations have been working with IHI to share and refine their best practices in this area. Their efforts will be shared during the “Who’s Conversation Ready? How Health Care Can Respect End-of-Life Wishes” webinar on October 24, 2013, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST.The webinar will feature presentations from several of the organizations, including a program that designates a “conversation nurse” to ensure the goals and preferences of patients and families stay at the forefront of end-of-life care discussions, and a program that incorporates these preferences into electronic medical records. Participants will also be able to share what their own organizations are doing around end-of-life care issues. Free registration for the webinar is available by clicking here.
An INQRI study, Nursing's Specific Contributions to Quality Palliative Care within the Context of Interdisciplinary Intensive Care Practice, explored the relationships between quality palliative nursing care delivered in intensive care units (ICUs) and patient and family outcomes. The study also explored how to measure and to improve these outcomes. This interdisciplinary team was led by Lissi Hansen and Richard Mularski.